The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi recently launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, one of India’s biggest cleanliness drives so far; in an effort to spruce up the nation by October 2, 2019, which would be the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Schools all over India have been enthusiastically taking part in the drive. If you want to take part, but have not been able to do so because you do not know what exactly to do, here are 5 ways in which you and your students can take participate.
1. Adopt a stretch of road to clean up – Or even a adopt a public space, the cleaning up of which becomes your class’s or school’s responsibility for the entire road. Doing this is a great way to get the public to notice you and you can even allow them to participate alongside you.
2. Organize a local cleanliness drive – You can organize cleanliness drives on a smaller scale, where once a month, you, other teachers who would like to participate and students can pick certain roads or localities to clean up. For instance, you can organize a walk from one place to another, where along the road, you can clear rubbish, install dustbins or rally people into cleaning up. Want to know how to organize a cleanliness drive, check out our article here, which tells you how to organize a cleanliness drive in 3 simple steps.
3. Beautify a road, a park or a ground – Sometimes the only way to prevent a place from getting dirty again is to prettify it by painting murals or installing sculptures. You and your students can band together to paint walls on the road or install sculptures (after asking the city authorities for permission to do so any more).
4. Organize a fundraising campaign – You and your students can organize a fundraising campaign where, with the proceeds, you can either install dustbins around the city, give it to a civic NGO who can utilize it for cleanliness campaigns, or even better, you can use the money collected to buy better cleaning and safety equipment for people who clean our cities.
5. Street Plays on The Importance of Cleanliness – You can also put on street plays which stress on the importance of cleanliness, and how we too are responsible for the cleanliness of our city, not just the government or the city’s civic authorities.
Are you taking part in the Swachh Bharat cleanliness drive? If so, do let us know what you plan on doing or what you have already done in the comments section below!